Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, CA

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, CA

International Profile

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When you arrive at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll join a diverse student body from over 40 countries, all with a passion for knowledge, fellowship, and faith. Through a challenging liberal arts education driven by values rooted in the Christian faith, you’ll gain the confidence and determination to succeed in your career and in your life.

Our campus is located in Fresno, in the heart of California’s Central Valley and within a short drive of mountains, beaches, and national parks. Discover Fresno’s thriving arts, food, and music scene as you enjoy more than 300 days of pure sunshine a year. Attend a weekend retreat, join a club, grab a frappe at Charlotte’s Coffee Corner, or start a game of Frisbee on the campus green—you’ll always find someone ready to join you.

Spiritual life is woven into the fabric of our community—it’s part of our classes, residence halls, and extracurriculars. Grow in your faith by attending chapel services, joining a ministry team, or studying the Bible with your friends. Whether you prefer a traditional worship service or a talk series focused on current issues, you’ll find it at FPU.

We have more than 100 areas of study with 39 majors and 40 minors, and we provide numerous study abroad opportunities and internships where you’ll gain invaluable hands-on experiences in the field you’re called to. Create, study, and experience the arts through a variety of academic and extracurricular opportunities, including choirs, theater productions, and music ensembles. More than 80% of our professors are experts in their fields and hold a PhD, meaning you’ll learn from the very best no matter what you choose to study.

Our small class sizes and student-faculty ratio of 13:1 allow professors to get to know you and truly invest in your life—challenging, mentoring, and pushing you to be your best. Talk about a new research idea over lunch or meet up during office hours.

Put yourself to the test not only in the classroom but also on the field, court, track, or pool as an FPU Sunbird athlete. We compete in the NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference and have 16 teams, over 53 national titles, and 294 student-athletes.

We want to ensure you stay focused on your education while we focus on making sure you can afford it. We’ve awarded more than $29 million annually to our students, 98% of whom receive some form of financial aid. Our financial aid resources include transfer scholarships, grants, and loans. And with our 4-Year Graduation Guarantee, you’ll get a head start toward achieving your personal goals. If you’re not able to graduate in four years, your necessary courses are on us!

Come to our campus and experience firsthand the unique blend of people and place—you’ll feel it the moment you arrive. See for everything you need to know to schedule a personal visit, or check out to picture yourself on our campus.



#1 “Best Bang for Your Buck” among schools in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities | Washington Monthly


#1 Best Christian College for Transfer Students | Money magazine


#2 Best College for Education in California |


#4 Top Performing School on Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report


Top 30 Best Regional Universities in the West | U.S. News & World Report


Fresno Pacific University is a home away from home for students coming from 40 different countries around the world. Our main campus is in FRESNO, the fifth-largest city in the state of CALIFORNIA. Located in the heart of the Central San Joaquin Valley, you're never too far from breathtaking scenery and bustling cities. We're a short drive to Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Disneyland, and some of the best beaches on the West Coast!

FPU At A Glance

• Institutional control: Private
• Religious affiliation: Mennonite Brethren
• Mascot: Sunbird
1,100 traditional undergraduate students
100+ areas of study
16 NCAA Division II sports teams
13:1 student-faculty ratio
5th-largest city in California

Top Majors
• Psychology
• Kinesiology
• Liberal Studies (Education)
• Pre-Health Sciences
• Criminology

Distinctive Programs
• STEM Learning Communities
• University Scholars Program
• Intercultural Learning Center
• Career Development and Experiential Learning Center

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “FPU has become my second home. I enjoy that the classes are small so we’re able to better interact with other students and our professors.”

    • Carolina Mueller
      Major: Graphic Design, Home Country: Colombia
  • “FPU has helped me find my passion and guided me. It has shown me how important education is.”

    • Fan Foklourng
      Major: Software Engineering, Home Country: Cambodia